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coverage of the newtown, connecticut shooting continues right now. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm john berman. >> i'm kate bolduan. we want to well koom viewers from the united states and those joining us from around the world this morning. you're watching our special coverage of the connecticut school shooting here in newtown. we're live in newtown, connecticut. >> here in newtown the president will be coming later today. he's expected to meet with some of the victims of the families and he will speak at a vigil tonight remembering the victims. president obama spoke about the hea heartbreak hours after the shooting on friday and again during his weekly address yesterday. now, of course, we have the names of all the victims in this shooting. there were 20 children, all of them were just 6 or 7 years old. there's been a fund set up to help the families of the victims. here's the address if you'd like to send a donation, the sandy hook school support fund, 39 main street in newtown, the zip code is 06470. >> meanwhile, investigators here in newtown are trying to piece it altogether. they
school shooting in newtown, connecticut, so many people across the country, around the world really, have been asking how can i help? the united way of western connecticut has set up a fund to provide support services for those affected by the tragedy. they have now raised $3 million. that is incredible. joining me now are two leaders of this fund-raising effort. will rogers, a selectman of newtown and kim morgan, ceo of united way of western connecticut. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> $3 million, an incredible milestone. and you will raise so much more in the coming weeks and months. i know there has been a debate about how to distribute these funds. kim what is the latest thinking on that? >> when we started the fund, it was a way to be a guardian. our intent is to turn the funds over to the community and let them decide. >> the families as well, right? >> they are a cross section of the community input, yes. but the fund was soliset solici as an undes ignated fund. we are trying to be as broad as possible. >> what are some of the suggestions floating
our country cannot tolerate this anymore. joining us with more from newtown is peter doocy. >> good morning. at this time just three days ago, six educators and 20 first graders were getting ready for school like always. by last night, the president of the united states was here at a very painful memorial service reading their names one at a time. >> i am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts. i can only hope it helps for you to know that you're not alone in your grief. our world, too, has been torn apart. >> before his national address, president obama met privately with families of the innocent children and adults who lost their lives on friday. principal dawn hochsprung's daughter tweet add photo with a caption that said, my mom would be so proud to see president obama holding her granddaughter but not as proud as i am of her. the heart broken family of emily parker posted photos. others showing smiles. after the private meeting, president obama took the stage to promise action. >> in the coming weeks, i'll use
of newtown, connecticut are preparing for a visit from the president of the united states. >> as a nation, we have endured far too many of these tragedies in the last few years. >> reporter: president obama will speak at an inner faith vigil sunday to families and first responders. as the community comes together we are learning more about what happened in the immediate aftermath of friday's tragedy. >> ultimately i had to break it to all the folks assembled at the fire house their children or loved one in the case of the adults were not coming home. and that is an exercise that i will live with for the rest of my life. it's not something you are prepared for. and you know you go on. >> reporter: we're also hearing stories of courage. sarah was told as her friend victoria soto died trying to protect her students. >> i'm also a teacher and i can't even imagine going through what she went through. >> reporter: the names and ages of six adults and 20 children ages six and seven were released on saturday. one of those children is six- year-old emily parker. >> my daughter emily would be one of th
't know what to say, it was screaming. >> reporter: the residents, just like the residents of newtown were besieged with media. to this day we found reserved scottish reticent to speak. the one public way the parents are working through the grief to push now what is a major topic in the united states, gun control. petitions and grassroots advocacy leading to laws banning almost all handgun use in the u.k., once again the father. >> they asked me my views on anything like that. the boys were six or seven, he had a gun. >> reporter: other things we heard, recommit yourself to family, to religion and get back into a routine as soon as possible. their advocacy led to changes in school safety as well and child supervision. we also heard from the father, bill you never, never forget the tragedy and in the words of that father, she never leaves my head. back to you. bill: thank you, greg. greg palkot looking back as we look forward. martha: on that note we are waiting to hear now from president obama on a new effort to come up with legislation in the wake of the newtown massacre. so what is on th
even one tiny iota of the courage those teachers, that principal in newtown summoned on friday, if cooperation and common-sense prevail, then i'm convinced we can make a sensible, intelligent way to make the united states of america a safer and stronger place for our children to learn and to grow. thank you, and now i'm going to let the vice president go and i'm going to take a few questions. and i will start with ben. >> thank you mr. president. i'd like to ask you about the other serious issue consuming this town right now the fiscal cliff. >> right. >> haven't you pre trade some of the voters who supported you in the election by changing your positions on who should get a tax increase and by including social security benefits now into this mix, and more broadly there seems to be a deepening sense that negotiations aren't going very well right now. can you give us a candid update, are we likely to go over the cliff? >> well, first of all, there is no reason why we should. remember what i said during the campaign, i thought that it was important for us to reduce our deficit in
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